Maverick News

October 21, 2020

Elective Classes for Next Semester

Contemporary Literature

If you have room in your spring schedule and are interested in taking Contemporary Literature please express your interest in this survey. Course Description: This course will survey the major genres and themes of contemporary literature through high interest novels. Students will engage in multiple discussion forums such as literature circles and Socratic seminars as they discuss the contents of each novel. We will specifically focus the course on current works of black and brown authors while also incorporating creative writing components. Such authors might include: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Julia Alvarez, Sandra Cisneros, Jason Reynolds, Elizabeth Acevedo, Erika L. Sanchez, Ibram X. Kendi, James Baldwin, Nic Stone, etc.) Click below for more information.
Yearbook Journalism

If you want a fun, hands-on, project-based class with no textbooks or tests, keep reading. We'll design pages for the yearbook in the third quarter, then work on the school webcast, MC360, in the fourth quarter. You'll learn how to shoot quality HD video, record audio and edit like a pro. Fun fact: I was a TV news reporter before becoming a teacher. Email me if you're interested in this dynamic class:

MC360 - DEC. 2018

ACT Prep for Juniors - Oct. 23

The next required ACT Prep Session for juniors is on Friday, October 23. Juniors should refer to Mrs. Taylor-Simon's emails regarding session times and links.

DTCC Virtual Transfer Tours - Until Nov. 5

Sixty colleges and universities have registered to participate in this year’s Virtual Transfer Tour. There will also be over 30 panel discussions that students may attend as well. Each activity will allow students to interact, in real time, with the presenters.

The panels will include topics such as choosing a major, scholarships for transfer students, and transfer as a returning student, military veteran, or international student. The Tour will also feature live and interactive information sessions from a wide variety of colleges and universities.

Student registration is going on now, so reserve your spot for the college presentations and panel discussions you want. Students may attend an unlimited number of sessions at no cost. Select the sessions you wish to attend by registering here.

Virtual College Tours

Although visiting campuses is difficult right now, our four-year university partners still warmly welcome your virtual visits. Below are opportunities to learn about degree programs, transfer admissions, financial aid, and more.

East Carolina University
You can drop in for a virtual visit to ask questions on Friday, October 30, 2 - 4 p.m. or Friday, November 18, 10 a.m. - noon.

Campbell University

Speak with Campbell University admissions representative David Williams on November 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Click here.

Appalachian State

Find out more about transferring to App State on Wednesday, October 21, at 1:30 p.m. Register here.

UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing

Learn more about UNC Chapel Hill’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing on Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Join here.

UNC Greensboro

UNCG will host a Transfer Information Program on Tuesday, November 10, 3 p.m. Sign up information is available here. In addition, Admissions Counselor Melissa Garrison will hold virtual visits on Thursday, October 29 at 12 p.m. (register here) and Monday, November 16 at 3 p.m. (register here).

Salem College

Oct. 23 at 1:00. A link will be emailed tomorrow.

Counselor's Corner with Ms. Machak

  • Wednesday 10/21 at 3pm: Career Services Presentation: Choosing a Career
    • Link to student emails
  • Wednesday 10/21 at 6pm: Grown-Ish - HBCU & Fraternity Information Session
  • October 19th – 30th College Application Weeks
    • Many schools are waiving application fees during this week for students applying through CFNC.
    • Find out the schools at this link
    • Machak holding College Application Workshops from 3-4pm most days – link in email
  • Juniors - Application for NC Governor’s School is live!

Scholarship Corner

  • Coca-Cola Scholarship Due by 5pm on October 31st – Application linked here
    • The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 exceptional college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.55 million awarded through 3 nationally recognized programs.
  • Golden Door Scholars Due by October 24th – Application linked here
    • Provides scholarships for DACA and undocumented students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • NCAT and NC Central Cheatham White Nomination Request due by October 28

Student Council Election Results

Junior Class President - Alexandria Waller

Junior Class Vice-President - Saniya Futrell

Junior Class Secretary - Ler Noh

Junior Class Treasurer - Valeria Salinas

Senior Class President - Josiah Williams

Senior Class Vice-President - Efiotu Jagun

Senior Class Secretary - Allyse Evans

Senior Class Treasurer - Steven Barbosa

Check out what we're up to at

or on IG @mchs.council

Duke Students Offer Free Tutoring in High School Classes

Audacity Labs is pleased to announce that starting this week, all DPS high schoolers can schedule tutoring with Duke students for support with math and literacy on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Tutoring will take place over Zoom through four, 30 min. slots on these evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm. These sessions are entirely free in pursuit of providing the needed academic support for success in a virtual environment. I have attached a video tutorial of how to go about setting up a tutoring session on these evenings.

We have been enabled to provide this support with our newly formed partnership with Duke's America Reads America Counts chapter. Each of these tutors have undergone extensive training to work with diverse populations of students with a trauma-informed care approach. Our tutors have also all passed a background check.

You can find the link to schedule tutor sessions here:

2021 Yearbooks Are On Sale!

Get them now while they're only $35. The price goes up on Friday 10/23.

Yearbook Photo Contest #3 Entries

Photo Contest #3 - Deadline is 10/28

We're looking for pictures of:

- Jobs/Side Hustles

- Hobbies



Seniors: Order Caps & Gowns ASAP! Rings On Sale Until Oct. 30

Can you believe it is time to start thinking about graduation already? This year is flying by!

Please check out the information below from Jostens to order your cap and gown and other graduation items. (Order soon because prices will begin to go up after November 6.)

To order:

  • Click the links below
  • Watch the quick video
  • Scroll to the bottom of the screen with the video and click the "Click here to order" button to begin the ordering process.

Cap & Gown:

PSAT Back On - Register by Oct. 30

The PSAT is now tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Middle College High School and is the qualifying test for entry to the 2021 National Merit Scholarship.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 – we are working with PSAT, Durham Public Schools and Durham Tech Community College to finalize the logistics of giving this exam in-person.

We are trying to estimate interest only at this point. There are a limited number of slots available. If you are interested in taking the PSAT, please complete the Google Form below. YOU ONLY NEED TO APPLY ONCE! If you have already applied and wish to have your name removed, please contact Mrs. Tugman.

Questions: Please email Mrs. Tugman at

Check us Out on Facebook!

We've launched an official school page! Like us to keep up to date with day-to-day happenings.

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Playing Sports

Students who are interested in playing sports at their base school need to check the athletic page on their base school's website. You would need to complete an eligibility pack and a mandatory concussion video in order to participate if they resume.

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Got some good news or a celebration to share with us? Let us know about your achievements or someone else's, in or out of the virtual classroom.

Mavs Across America - Second Stop is Arkansas

We're going on a road trip of sorts, all the way to California. We've already made it more than 920 miles to Clarksville, Arkansas. Click below to log miles from your walks, runs or rides to collectively get us to the West Coast, by foot and bicycle. It's only 2,569 miles to Los Angeles. Parents, feel free to join in as we may need your help to get there :)

Early Voting in Durham Until Oct. 31

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